Buzz: 1,200 boxes of free produce vanish in just a couple of hours Tuesday. Georgia Lottery sees $30 million boost from previous fiscal year.

Buzz: 1,200 boxes of free produce vanish in just a couple of hours Tuesday. Georgia Lottery sees $30 million boost from previous fiscal year.

 

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With 1,200 boxes of produce — vegetables and fruit — to share with the public, a crew of YMCA, Floyd County Schools and Redmond Regional Medical Center staffers set up shop in the north parking lot of Redmond, facing the Harbin Clinic buildings. Word spread so quickly about the food available to all comers that everything was gone by 11 a.m. It is part of a food giveaway involving surplus produce that is being redistributed to avoid waste. We’ll post additional dropoff sites as they are released.


 

The pandemic slowed Georgia Lottery sales in March but some quick thinking and online play helped nail down a $30 million year-over-year gain.

The Georgia Lottery Corp. announces fiscal year 2020 profits transferred to the state treasury’s Lottery for Education Account amount to a record $1,237,345,246. That’s $30 million more than the $1,207,369,000 transferred in 2019. This brings the total raised for education in the Georgia Lottery’s 27-year history to more than $22.3 billion.

It marks the fifth consecutive year the Georgia Lottery has surpassed $1 billion in profits for education and the ninth consecutive year of growth in profits for education.

“Our FY20 results are a reflection of the fortitude and commitment of many,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin of Rome. “As with all companies, 2020 has been an historic year, challenging us to the max, which makes me even more honored to report this record year of returns for education. Our team has been laser focused on delivering the greatest amount possible to the state in a year where we first focused on outpacing 2019, the year of one of the largest jackpots in history, and then added COVID-19 challenges to our goal to surmount.”

After a dip in March, Georgia Lottery sales rebounded in the last quarter of FY20 as players became more familiar with online play availability, many retailers remained open because of other services they provide, and most other forms of entertainment were limited. The Georgia Lottery adapted to a quickly changing environment, partnering with retailers to promote safe interactions with players and encouraging online play via the Georgia Lottery’s website and mobile app.

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